The traditional idea of development aid stopped working a long time ago. Even in case of natural disasters, western societies learned to involve the native population to reach social sustainability instead of complete dependency. But how? Well, you can achieve social and economic stability within a living and engaged community.
2006 TED Prize winner Cameron Sinclair is co-founder of Architecture for Humanity, a nonprofit that seeks architecture solutions to global crises – and acts as a conduit between the design community and the world’s humanitarian needs. A regular contributor to the sustainability blog Worldchanging.com, Sinclair is now working on the Open Architecture Network, born from the wish he made when he accepted the 2006 TED Prize: to build a global, open-source network where architects, governments and NGOs can share and implement design plans to house the world.